Making the News…


As a Life Member of the NUJ and a professional photographer for 50 years I have always appreciated the real value of good visual content for PR, marketing and sales. 

“Well”, I can hear you saying, “you would say that – it’s how you earn your living”

But ironically, the photographs and video that went viral, got the most social media hits and were used by media outlets across the UK and overseas, weren’t from a commissioned shoot.

It was a personal project shot to help a local environmental group raise awareness of a particular issue, but I approached it with my “professional” hat on.

This mean’t carefully considering angles, composition and flight paths to ensure that the footage and stills would have the maximum impact.

We released the initial video on social media over a weekend and by breakfast on the Monday I had already been contacted by the BBC, ITV and SkyNews.

The days that followed were an avalanche of requests for interviews and material from news and current affairs programmes across Britain and Europe, with our images being used as far away as Mauritius and New Zealand. Our YouTube channel where the original video had been posted, had over 10k views in four days.

Although this was about a very topical environmental issue, the quality of video and stills we supplied played a major part in news editors choosing to feature it.

Not phone snaps or upright video, but a powerful message conveyed in powerful images.            

Buuds Farm sewage outfall 21-10-21
Buuds Farm sewage outfall 21-10-21
Buuds Farm sewage outfall 2110-21

Safe working during Covid-19


Chris Pearsall Photography are following and complying with all UK Government recommendations for safe operation of our business during the current Covid-19 crisis. By maintaining social distancing on location shoots, using appropriate PPE and following the Association of Photographers Shoot Production Guidelines, we can ensure the safety of both our team and our clients. Studio photography sessions will remain closed to visitors. Products requiring photography can be couriered or collected for a contactless service with either online proofing or video linked art direction available if needed.

AoP shoot production guidelines can be viewed here:

Vaccination Volunteers

Whilst volunteering on the vaccine rollout I was asked to undertake a black and white portrait project for our local NHS PCN, to document the wonderful work being done by volunteers at our three local vaccination centres. These will go on display at each location and become a record of the extraordinary success of this vaccination programme #professionalphotographer#hampshire#nhsuk#covid19vaccination

Covid-19 social distancing graduate photoshoot

All set up with oodles of social distancing to shoot 50 graduates over the next six hours !

Careful planning and a co-operative client allowed us to safely set up and photograph 50 graduates and their families from ACS International School at Egham today.

Back in action !

Great for the team to be back at work today AND out the water at the same time ! Also rather nice to have a retired lifeboat as our shooting platform. It’s a lot more stable than a RIB !

We’d been booked to shoot the arrival of an oil platform support vessel arriving at Hythe Marine Park for our client Ambrey Shipyards, but the pilot decided the water was too shallow alongside and heading straight up to Southampton Docks instead !

Ambrey shipyard Hythe
Grampian Orcades

But we caught up with her eventually, tucking herself in alongside P&O “Britannia” !